Weed Control with Horticultural Vinegar

Are you looking for a more “natural” way to kill unwanted grass and weeds? Fortunately, we have options!

One method that has been around for years is using 20% Horticultural Vinegar as a “burn back” method to kill weeds.

“Burn back” is exactly what it sounds like. The Vinegar “burns” back the leaves of the weed.  The vinegar is not translocated to the roots like the chemical methods of weed control, and it is likely that the weed will grow back from the roots again.

When the weed grows back, we hit it again with the vinegar. Some weeds will only require one or two applications, but tougher ones may require several. If we keep killing the leaves, photosynthesis will not occur and carbohydrates necessary for growth will not be produced. The weed cannot survive.

It is important to remember that while this is a “natural” method of weed control, it is NON-SELECTIVE, meaning that it will affect any plant that it touches. You must be careful to get the vinegar on only the weeds that you are trying to control.

Here is the formula for the best weed control with vinegar:

1 gallon 20% Horticultural Vinegar

2 Tablespoons Orange Oil

2 Tablespoons Dawn Dishwashing Liquid.


DO NOT DILUTE! Spray this mixture directly on the weeds to be controlled. Do not allow it to get on desirable plants.